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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Georges Kachaamy, Japan

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Proposal Title: NIHILISM: LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE MEMORIAL MUSEUM, 01/16/2008, Other

Proposal Synopsis: "What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" (Mahatma Gandhi) The world is a single arena and all wars are civil wars because humanity is one. A warless world will arise only when the young manhood refuses the inducement of the powerful few. This memorial museum is dedicated to all human losses on both sides whether civilians or military casualties. The project starts from a single element (symbolizing one ground) and then through conjured demarcations the project's border is defined. Following a series of lines (strokes of conflicts)this single element becomes crumbled and foldable. As a result of fold and unfold applications the illusion of different elements occurs (roof, wall, floor and structure) and construct the physical space for people to experience. However, the notion of nihilism is expressed when the project's roof (invader) and its floor (invaded)touch, then at this junction no space is left for anything to transpire including human life. This project is a statement that encourages cosmopolitanism and advocates nonviolence because "An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind."

Artist's Biography: Georges Kachaamy is an architect/artist. He is a grantee of the Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship for graduate studies in Japan. He accomplished more than nine years of higher education and holds a doctorate from the University of Tokyo. He has been awarded architecture prizes from international organizations such as the UIA (i.e. Union Internationale des architectes). His main interest is Far Eastern philosophies and their implications on contemporary architecture. He studied the monk's individual space of meditation and performed spatial experimentations on subjects in order to establish a theory of human interconnectedness with space. Currently he resides in Tokyo.

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